The Osceola County Historical Society had a very busy year in 2016 and was awarded a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs to continue the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, and was able to present a new addition: a late 1800s replica Train Depot! The Train Depot made it's grand debut on November 11, 2016 during the 25th Annual Pioneer Day event, which was their largest event to date.
With the addition of a replica train depot to the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, we reflect back on the important role the rail system played in Osceola County since that first train rolled into Kissimmee one hundred, thirty four years ago.
Field Trips are a great way for students to experience their lessons with immersive encounters of the subject of study. Living History field trips sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Duke Energy are an excellent example of these encounters. Students are transported to the 1880s-1890s at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, where docents, dressed in period costume, guide students through Osceola County’s past.
Established in 1884, Narcoossee became a colony comprised of English immigrants. They began to meet for worship services regularly by 1887, sometimes gathering in homes; when weather was pleasant, they would meet outdoors. Soon, consideration was given to building an Episcopal church in Narcoossee and fundraising efforts began. Some funds for the completion of the church in 1897 did come from England, but the majority of money was raised locally.
Rumors circulated over the years claiming that the wood & furnishings were sent over from England. Records show the lumber for the construction of the church and the roof shakes (shingles) came from the Fell-Davidson sawmill in Narcoossee, the bell (from a factory in Ohio) was previously used at the Runnymede Hotel and the Gothic style church was designed by an Orlando architect.
The Cadmans were host to many celebrations and social events throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. According to the Cadman Scrapbook, the family organized and presented many events throughout the year, including horse races, tennis tournaments, fund raisers and even hosted the Episcopal Bishop’s luncheon on his first visit to Narcoossee. While each event was extensively covered by the region’s newspapers, it is the Christmas celebration of 1889 that has captured our imaginations here at the Osceola County Historical Society.
Every once in a while an event rolls around that you just don't want to miss...this year, that event is the Osceola County Historical Society's 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event!
Here are the Top 25 Reasons to Attend the 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event!!
1. Learn the History! Osceola County is full of rich history. Pioneer Days allows residents and visitors to better understand the Pioneer families and what life in the 1800s would have been like without air conditioning and cell phones.
2. Help us celebrate our anniversary. Pioneer Day is actually TWO days this year!! We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary with a special TWO day event.
3. Save on admission with this great FREE event! That’s right, we are offering free admission to the Pioneer Village. Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th from 10AM to 4PM. FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING!!
The tie between Osceola County and the Seminole Indians goes deeper than our county merely being named for Seminole Indian, Osceola. Billy Bowlegs III, his sister Lucy Pearce, Martha and Tim Tiger and others were frequent visitors to Kissimmee. We are reminded of the connection when we see and hear the names of extinct communities in Osceola County or current cities, towns; lakes and waterways.